John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

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‘North Woods Law’ hiatus no cause for concern, producer says

on July 22, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
Viewers who sat down on July 10 to enjoy another new episode of “North Woods Law” were surprised to learn that instead of the reality TV show that focuses on the Maine Warden Service, Animal Planet aired the popular “Dirty Jobs” in its place. Season 2 of “North Woods Law,” …
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Series of fisheries hearings on tap around state

on July 21, 2014, at 10:05 a.m.
Avid anglers may want to make plans to attend one of four public hearings on proposed fishing regulations over the coming days. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed a slate of new regulations that will govern anglers during open water and ice fishing seasons. The public …
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14 veterans earn permits for controlled moose hunt

on July 11, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
For the third consecutive year, Maine first lady Ann LePage was able to provide disabled veterans with some good news on Thursday: She drew the names of 14 veterans who will take part in this year’s Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has …
David Richards of Skowhegan survived this accident on July 3 while driving near Monson. The moose ended up inside his Hyundai Accent, but James was up and walking shortly after the crash.

‘Worst moose accident’ ends better than it appeared

By John Holyoke on July 09, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.
MONSON, Maine — Chester Jaynes Annance has responded to all kinds of automobile emergencies during his 20 years working for the family business, Moosehead Towing. But on July 3, he was called to the scene of a car-moose crash on Route 15 in Monson that was unlike anything he’d ever …
Hunter Pate poses with a striped bass he caught off his dock on the Penobscot River in Orrington recently. Pate and his brother caught seven stripers during the day.

Word from the Woods: Fish don’t bite if your line’s not in the water

By John Holyoke on July 09, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
Not too many years ago, you couldn’t drive along the Penobscot in Brewer without seeing signs of anglers who were attempting to catch striped bass. That has changed, and very few folks are even making an effort at catching the nonexistent fish. But what if the fish were in? (They …
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Bear-trapping effort in Orono ends

on July 09, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
With one bear successfully relocated and no other bears visiting two culvert traps that had been deployed in the Orono area, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife removed those traps late last week. Maine Game Warden Jim Fahey said the bears had stopped visiting a Veazie property that …
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State reduces number of any-deer permits after harsh winter

on July 08, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.
If you’re hoping to score a coveted any-deer permit for this year’s hunting season, you’ll have less of a chance than you did a year ago: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that just 37,185 of the permits will be up for grabs in the free …

Bangor man enjoys drift boat trip

By John Holyoke on July 07, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
Byron Hale of Bangor was this year’s winner of the BDN “Win a Drift Boat Trip” contest
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Bangor angler enjoys stellar day on drift boat

on July 07, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
You don’t leave fish to find fish. That’s what Maine guide Dan Legere says, and he means it. Yes, there was a pristine three-mile ribbon of water in front of us on Sunday morning. And yes, that stretch of the East Outlet of the Kennebec River was likely full of …
Hunter Pate poses with a striped bass he caught off his dock on the Penobscot River in Orrington recently. Pate and his brother caught seven stripers during the day.

Orrington angler still catching stripers

By John Holyoke on July 04, 2014, at 6:14 a.m.
A year ago, the BDN highlighted Hunter Pate of Orrington as one of the few anglers who was still targeting striped bass on the Penobscot River. For the better part of a decade, the striper run on the river has virtually disappeared. Once-popular fishing haunts, including a public riverside park …
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Watching your brother get stung by wasps spices up camp-opening routine

on July 02, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
My family is full of handy men and women. You know the type: They’re always building or fixing or installing or tinkering. Make that more-or-less full. There is a bit of a void on my particular branch of the family tree. Not that my brother isn’t semi-handy, in that “I …
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Furor over eagle cam seems to have subsided

on June 27, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
    Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Earlier this week, web camera viewers from across the country demanded that Maine biologists intervene on behalf of an eaglet that they said was in distress. The Biodiversity Research Institute, which manages the camera, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and …
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Old Town deer photo a ‘keeper’

on June 27, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
Earlier this week, Lindsay Powers of Old Town passed along a photo that she thought BDN readers might enjoy. She was right: The cool shot of a fawn nursing as its mother peers in the direction of the photographer is a keeper. Powers said she often has the chance to …
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‘Bangor Mom’ eagle finds a new man

on June 26, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
BDN readers have been rooting for the bald eagle that’s been called “Bangor Mom” ever since she fell ill on a city street back in May. The eagle had ingested a toxin, and was taken to Avian Haven, a bird rehabilitation facility in Freedom. Hours after she fell ill, her …
This photo of a mountain lion has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, and some have said the image was captured on a trail camera in Harmony, Maine. Murray Muise, the man who originally posted the photo, says the cat was actually photographed near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Word from the Woods: Lions and tigers and bears? You bet!

By John Holyoke on June 25, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
It’s been a bit crazy here at BDN Outdoors lately. How crazy? Try this: For the first time in my 21 years here, I can say that we’ve written about lions, tigers and bears in the same week. Can I get an “Oh my”? I knew I could. And as …
A mother eagle from Bangor that was rescued from a sidewalk last month was released June 6 in Brewer after spending time at Avian Haven in Freedom.

Eagle nest webcam viewers angry that no one will save struggling Maine eaglet

By John Holyoke on June 24, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Concerned viewers from across the country have been focusing on a Maine eagle nest featured on a webcam, demanding that wildlife professionals intervene to help an eaglet they say is not being fed properly by its parents. But officials with the Biodiversity Research Institute, which has maintained the camera at …
An adult female black bear rests in a culvert trap during transport from Orono to a remote location in southern Aroostook County on Monday.

Nuisance bear trapped in Orono, taken to remote spot in Aroostook County

By John Holyoke on June 23, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — A female adult black bear that is presumed to be one of four bears discovered in a hollow tree very close to a residence in March was successfully trapped Sunday evening and taken to a rural location north of Macwahoc on Monday morning. The bear, along with …
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Salmon returns to the Penobscot very low thus far

on June 23, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
A year ago, Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot river were dismal — just 372 fish, the lowest in the 36-year history of the fish lift at the Veazie Dam. Salmon returns were low on many other Atlantic salmon rivers, and anglers and conservationists hoped for a better 2014 season. …
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Mountain lion in Harmony, Maine? Not quite

on June 20, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
Among the things that make a Maine outdoors editor’s heart beat faster: When another editor sends a link to a clear photo of a mountain lion … and the caption says, “On a game cam in Harmony, Maine.” That was the case on Thursday, and as the newsroom bustled around …
Wildlife biologist Randy Cross, leader of the field crew for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's 40-year bear study, poses with "Big John," a 432-pound black bear that was snared, weighed and released in Washington County on June 17, 2014.

Biologists re-capture ‘Big John,’ a black bear featured in 2010 BDN story

By John Holyoke on June 18, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 36 MD, Maine — When Randy Cross last saw “Big John,” the 7-year-old 364-pound black bear was snoozing beside a tree in remote Washington County, shaking off the effects of the sedative that was administered an hour earlier. That was four years ago, when Cross, a wildlife biologist with …
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